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Christoph Daniel Ebeling: America's Friend in Eighteenth Century Germany

Gordon M. Stewart
Monatshefte
Vol. 68, No. 2 (Summer, 1976), pp. 151-161
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30156678
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Christoph Daniel Ebeling: America's Friend in Eighteenth Century Germany
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Abstract

Christoph Daniel Ebeling, professor of history and classics in Hamburg, undertook to inform his countrymen in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries about American letters, geography, economy and history. While several of his endeavors to convey an accurate picture of America, such as the multi-volume Erdbeschreibung und Geschichte von Amerika, the Amerikanische Bibliothek, and Amerikanisches Magazin, are still known to scholars, others have been overlooked. Examples are courses on America which he taught at the Handlungsakademie and Johanneum in Hamburg, editions of an English anthology and textbook on commerce, contacts with pupils who traveled to America, numerous articles in local newspapers, and his efforts to supply the University of Göttingen with an extensive collection of Americana. Ebeling's interest in America can be traced back to his education in Göttingen, his republican sentiments, and his belief in free trade. When the American Revolution broke out, Germany had waiting a trained scholar and sympathetic observer whose foremost intellectual endeavor was to inform his countrymen about the new republic.

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